I’m Baaack….and Some Pizza Too! ;-)

Homemade Zucchini, Onion and Artichoke Pizza

Well, I’m finally back online with a new computer and Windows 8 (fun, fun!!!) to learn. Why do they have to change these programs so much every time there’s an new edition? Makes no sense. 😦

Now I know first-hand why so many people are complaining about Windows 8.

Anyone else learning Windows 8 right now? If you have any quick tips to share, PLEASE DO!

Even simple things like minimizing a page etc…have changed. And I can’t figure out how to copy my photos from a USB drive, into the Photo app. on the start page.

I also have a gazillion emails and other things to catch up with.

But, I’ll get there, chipping away at the to-do pile, day by day.

I have missed blogging SO much!

  I hope to get around to visit all my fav blogs by this weekend. I read a LOT of blogs so it might take a while. 😉

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this pizza crust recipe from my first cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians. (see recipe below)

So easy to make and another thing I’m making ‘from scratch’ more and more these days.

What is your favorite pizza and do you make homemade too?

Happy Week and Happy Cooking! 🙂


Homemade pizza is so much better than commercial and for so many reasons.

Obviously, not as expensive. Ingredients not questionable (many commercial crusts contain lard) and of course the varieties you can have fun making are endless. Healthier choices made easy for a ‘fast food’ that has stood the test of time. Pizza will be around forever I think. I certainly hope so. Enjoy!!!!

This dough recipe makes enough for 2- (14″-15″) regular crusts OR 3- (12″-13″) thin crusts (my preference).



Pizza dough doesn’t have to be complicated to make. This way, you can be sure what you are eating; many commercial pizza crusts contain lard. This one is from my brother Wendell’s collection of recipes and it is one of the best I’ve ever made or tasted. 

1 C. lukewarm (not hot) water

1 T. raw sugar or honey

2 T. dry Traditional yeast

¼ C. olive oil

½ teas. sea salt

2 ½-3 C. unbleached white flour

Optional: 1 T. mixed dried herbs of choice (oregano, thyme, savory etc…) 

In a large bowl, combine lukewarm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and stir just once. Cover and let dissolve in a warm place, about 10-15 minutes, yeast should be frothy.

Add oil and salt and then stir in just enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board and knead 100 times, adding more flour if required. Dough should be smooth and satiny but not dry. Note: Add dried herbs with the flour (opt.).

Grease mixing bowl and place kneaded ball of dough in it. Cover with a dampened tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until doubled.

Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease pizza pans.  

Divide dough in half (or 3 for thin crusts), spread out on prepared pans, forming a thin crust around edges. Hint: Wet your fingers slightly to help with this step.

Top crusts with a thin layer of tomato sauce ( go easy on this, too much means a soggy crust ) and toppings of choice.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, reduce heat to 400 F after first 10 minutes, if browning too fast.

Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.

14 responses

  1. I have been looking for a good pizza dough recipe and this looks delicious! Thanks Geri!

  2. Nothing like homemade pizza an crust. Mm mm good.

  3. Good luck with learning Windows 8! I don’t have it yet, but one of these days I’ll upgrade my computer (when I absolutely have to!). Anyway, this pizza looks delish.

  4. Welcome back. It’s exciting to have a new toy. 🙂

  5. Can I have some homemade pizza right now? Always so yummy.

    Too bad they’ve made this new Windows program so frustrating. There are a lot of people complaining about it.

  6. So glad to see you are back, Geraldine! Your pizza sounds so good. Sorry I can’t help you out with the Windows 8 question…I’m a Mac person. But I can sympathize…I hate it when they change the programs so much! Such a make-work project!

  7. Sounds like a yummy pizza, and a healthy one.

  8. Oh dear, I got a new laptop with Windows 8.1 for Christmas and I feel your pain … takes a special kind of asshole to design a software where it takes days to find out how to perform simple tasks like shutting it down. :/

    Hmmm tasty pizza recipe! (As a sidenote, pizza is one of those things where I never understood why people weren’t making it from scratch. It’s so simple and fast and tastes so much better!)

  9. I have missed you, pizza well maybe not in the next few days as I look a bit like a chipmunk, but It’s gone down and on my old comp i Have no problems with Mozilla it’s on my new laptop that they only agree to Internet 8 and so full of stuff Ican’t put my photos up, what’s up with that?

  10. You’re very welcome Glenda! I love your beret btw. 🙂

    I agree Tess!

    Don’t “upgrade” until you really, REALLY have to Celeste, this is so frustrating. I’m thinking of switching back to 7 if I can. Yes, it’s really that annoying!

    Thanks Imelda. Yes but new toys should be all about fun, right? 😉

    I’d like some too Joe. Maybe we should rustle up some pizzas real soon?

    You nailed it Julianna, a make-work project not an improvement. I’m going to phone MS later today to complain. Who knows, they might listen. 😉

    A lot healthier than store bought, that’s for sure Joyce.

    My sentiments exactly LaGran, why, why why? I couldn’t find the shut down button either, how stupid can they get. And all these pin this, pin that prompts…but can I find an option for favorites anymore, no!!! You said it so well.

    I can’t figure out how to copy and paste my photos into the photo app either Lorraine, so annoying. I’m not that computer-challenged, this stuff just makes no sense. Here’s hoping I can find a way to go back to 7. It was so easy to navigate. Now, I’m just wasting time.

    Hugs to all and see you soon at your blogs, G

  11. Looks delicious. I love home-made pizza.

  12. What a yummy looking pizza. I like mushroom pizza.

  13. I like pizza, period! I’ve experimented with purchased crusts and made my own. I found a whole grain pita that I like as a crust. If buying out, Pizza Hut hand-tossed is my favorite. That’s not quite right, Pan Pizza is my favorite, but I settle for a thinner crust.

  14. Me too Lady Fi! 😉

    I love mushroom “anything” Karyl. 😉 Pizzas too.

    I’m a thin crust fan myself Patti. I just tried making homemade pitas for the first time last week and they were wonderful! Kind of fun to make too.

    Happy Cooking, G

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